With the Ebola virus in the news every day, the deadly HIV virus has taken a back seat. In the last week of August, 2014, 29-year-old Thomas Guerra was charged with intentionally exposing another person to the HIV virus.

A former partner of Mr. Guerra revealed to authorities that he and Mr. Guerra had been involved an ongoing sexual relationship.  During that time, this person discovered evidence indicating Mr. Guerra had intentionally exposed him to the HIV virus when the two engaged in sexual relations. The accuser found hundreds of text messages where Guerra bragged about hiding the truth from his partner or partners and intentionally exposing them to the HIV virus.

Section 120290 of the California Health and Safety Code makes this is a misdemeanor, with a maximum sentence of 1 year in the county jail, and / or fines and restitution.

There is some discussion about whether additional victims will be added to the criminal complaint.

Indeed, it seems that such callous behavior with such dire consequences in lifestyle and shortened lives of the victims calls for prosecution for a crime more serious than a misdemeanor!

If you or someone you know is accused of a crime, arrested, or contacted by police, contact San Jose criminal defense attorney Maureen Baldwin at (408) 279-4450 to learn your options today!